My Chameleon Pleco

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Mollygurl

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my common pleco is changing colors!!
where there used 2 B white, now it's orange.i just want to make sure this is normal. i don't C it on other pix, but i will TRY to post my own pix, when i can catch my pleco! LOL! 8)

PICTURES!!!!!
(forgive me.i know my plants look like ****. they're 15-16 years old!!!)
 

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Not sure, but I don't think there's anything wrong with it. What are you feeding him? How old is he?
 
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alrighty then.....
A) i'm not sure whether it's boy or girl(boy 4 now, LOL!)
B) i feed him hikari algae wafers evry other day
C) i got him in November '06
 

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How big is it(length wise)?
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You may want to give him more variety in his diet. Try feeding fresh cucumber or zucchini and see if he likes it. Mine goes nuts over zucchini. You can simply stick a fork in a piece of zucchini a couple of inches long so it will sink. Mine also likes summer or yellow squash, carrots, even broccoli. Some shrimp pellets stuck in the zucchini will also help get him some protein. Mine seems to enjoy nibbling on driftwood from time to time. Variety in their diet really makes a difference on their appearance and activity level.
 
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A) i think he's about 3" long
B) i tried the zucc. and it ended up floating around the top of my tank(maybe i need a bigger piece?)
 

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Zucchini and most of your veggies will float. You must weigh them down. Some folks blanch their veggies to make them sink. I just made a big soggy mess when I tried blanching my veggies. You can buy veggie clips at your lfs for around $2.00, and simply clip them down. You can also use a spoon or fork and simply spear the food and then drop it in the tank. I use a screwcumber:

https://www.screwcumber.com/
 

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I use an elastic band to hold the veggies to a solid object at the bottom.
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here's another pix and i found out i was right. my boy is indeed a boy. i read somewhere(i think planetcatfish) that males sometimes have orange on them when they r adults. i think that's what happened.
 

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Yep, he looks like a common pleco.  You may also need to put some driftwood in the tank for him to munch on from time to time.  I have read that this particular species needs the wood in their diet.  Here's mine:

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Mollygurl, what a cute pleco! Gunnie, yours is really impressive, what a beauty.
 

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As far as weighing down vegatation, I found that the lead weights used to bunch plants together are ideal, just push them through the flesh and curl the ends to stop them falling out. With the changing colour, my local aquarium stockest told me that its because they are getting stressed. I've had my tank for about 3 years now and I've always been taken with pleco's, however this is the first one which has lasted longer than a week, I'm so proud!
 

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Really nice pictures everyone. I love the big sails. they look so confident. what a beautiful fish, and hard workers as well. I don't need to use an algea scrubber since I brought mine home.
mojo
 
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